Greens call for end to violence in Gaza six months since October 7th attack.

The Green Party has repeated its call for a full bilateral ceasefire, the release of all hostages, the suspension of arms exports to Israel, and for key players in the Netanyahu government to be held accountable for possible war crimes, six months on from the 7 October attacks by Hamas.

Co-leader of the Green Party, Carla Denyer, said:

“This isn’t just a far away conflict that we have nothing to do with. By consistently refusing to call for a ceasefire and continuing to supply arms, the UK Government has been complicit in the deadly assault on Gaza by the Israel Defence Forces.
“Six months on from the horrific Hamas attacks on Israeli citizens, it is clear that the Netanyahu government’s response has been totally disproportionate.

Over 33,000 innocent Palestinian civilians have now been killed, the majority of them women and children.

This is not an act of self-defence. As the UN’s Human Rights Council has resolved, the actions by the Israeli government are possible war crimes and crimes against humanity. Indeed, the UK Government itself has reportedly concluded secretly that Israel is breaking international humanitarian law.

“It is time for our Government to end their complicity and start leading efforts towards peace. They must finally call for a ceasefire, immediately suspend arms exports to Israel and back the UN Human Rights Council’s call for accountability for all violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law.”

In the six months since October 7th, the Green Party of England and Wales has called for:

– A full bilateral ceasefire.
– The release of all hostages.
– A suspension of all arms export licences to Israel until the violence stops.
– The cessation of all military collaboration with Israel, including use of British bases by Israeli forces, and intelligence sharing.
– Targeted Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against individuals and institutions supporting or facilitating Israel’s occupation of Palestine.
– An investigation by the Metropolitan Police and Director of Public Prosecutions of war crimes. committed against UK citizens, or where UK citizens are potential perpetrators
– The UK government to use its position as a permanent member of the UN Security Council to vote for, rather than abstain on, ceasefire votes.
– Targeted sanctions against key individuals in the Israeli leadership, including travel bans and asset freezes on Israel’s government ministers. An end to occupation of the Palestinian territories.
– The UK government to return to international law being the benchmark for UK policy and repair the UK’s international reputation as a defender of the international rules-based order.

For more information, please visit the Green Party website
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